Tuesday, January 31, 2012


(Haiti Libre) -

As part of her visit to France, aimed at promoting the development of tourism in Haiti, Stéphanie Balmir-Villedrouin, the Haitian Minister of Tourism yesterday Tuesday (Jan. 24), met Frédéric Lefebvre, Secretary of State for Tourism.

Stéphanie Balmir-Villedrouin presented her tourism development strategy oriented towards a tourist offer of quality based on historical heritage, but also its living cultural heritage. The Minister of Tourism deplored the fact that, following the earthquake, potential tourists and foreign tourism professionals have a negative image, but false, of the situation of this country, which affects its tourist attractiveness.

The two Ministers desire to encourage the implementation of a partnership between the Republic of Haiti and the French Antilles, to develop tourism on these territories, which may be based among others, on the new air link between the Roissy-Charles de Gaulle airport and the French Antilles launched in November 2011.

With this perspective, Frédéric Lefebvre suggested that the CEO of Atout France, Christian Mantei, pay a visit at the end of March to the Republic of Haiti for a mission to accompany the revival of tourism in this country. On this occasion, Christian Mantei will study in conjunction with Guadeloupe and Martinique, the possibilities of establishing joint tourist offers, for example regarding cruises, which may be presented in September at the next "IFTM Top Résa" show.

The two Ministers welcomed the future strengthening of ties between the two countries in tourism, which is part of the aid that France provided for the reconstruction of Haiti. They said: "Haiti and the French Antilles must rely on their recognized strengths, including their living heritage, to develop a joint tourist offer in the Caribbean, and jointly improve their attractiveness among new tourists, especially of emerging countries."

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